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Heraclitus : THE WORD IS COMMON

DK B 2, 10, 15, 18, 29, 30, 32, 40, 48, 49, 54, 57, 60, 62, 64, 80, 101, 108, 115, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123
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2
HEREFORE one needs to surrender oneself to the common. But although the word is common, the majority live as if they owned their thinking.

10
Conjoints are all and not all, concurring differing, according discording, and of all one and of one everything.

15
But the same is Dionysus - in honor of whom they craze and celebrate - and Hades.

18
If he won't hope for it, unhoped-for [as he lets it be] he won't discover it - being unexplored and inaccessible.

29
For the best men choose one thing only and sacrifice everything to it, glory eternal of the mortals, while the many are stuffed like beasts.

Λόγος ξυνός

2
διὸ δεῖ ἕπεσθαι τῷ ξυνῷ. τοῦ λόγου δ΄ ἐόντος ξυνοῦ ζώουσιν οἱ πολλοὶ ὡς ἰδίαν ἔχοντες φρόνησιν.

10
συνάψιες ὅλα καὶ οὐχ ὅλα͵ συμφερόμενον διαφερόμενον͵ συνδον διδον͵ καὶ ἐκ πάντων ἓν καὶ ἐξ ἑνὸς πάντα.

15
(…) ὡυτὸς δὲ Ἀίδης καὶ Διόνυσος͵ ὅτε μαίνονται καὶ ληναΐζουσιν.

18
ἐὰν μὴ ἔλπηται͵ ἀνέλπιστον οὐκ ἐξευρήσει͵ ἀνεξερεύνητον ἐὸν καὶ ἄπορον.

29
αἱρεῦνται γὰρ ἓν ἀντὶ ἁπάντων οἱ ἄριστοι͵ κλέος ἀέναον θνητῶν· οἱ δὲ πολλοὶ κεκόρηνται ὅκωσπερ κτήνεα.

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